Mexico states its own cross-border rules

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Mexican officials have listed their requirements for American carriers wanting to do business in Mexico. For now, the requirements are only in Spanish at this site, says Melissa Mazzella DeLaney, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spokeswoman. “I believe they are working on an English version,” she says.

Mexico’s requirements for American carriers that seek to operate beyond the border commercial zone are similar to U.S. demands on Mexican carriers, agency officials say; they include inspections by Mexican officials of carrier facilities in the United States. Mexico’s pre-authority safety audit also is similar to the American audit, and Mexico uses the same Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance criteria for trucks, FMCSA says.

Mexico asks applicants to include:

  • Information on their registered agent in Mexico that represents the company;
  • Data on drivers and training;
  • Truck VIN numbers and other vehicle information; and
  • Length of operation and other information on file with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • FMCSA does not track the number of American carriers that have applied for operating authority in Mexico. However, 34 Mexican carriers that have applied to do business in the United States have passed safety audits, while nine have failed and 47 have withdrawn, FMCSA says. Why so many have withdrawn is unclear, but some could have applied as far back as 2002, and their situation could have changed since then, the agency says.